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Grants to New Mexico Local Education Agencies, Charter Schools, and
Regional Education Cooperatives to Establish Early College High Schools

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New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) - College and Career Readiness Bureau (CCRB)

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09/03/19 5:00 PM MST Receipt


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Grants to New Mexico local education agencies, charter schools, and regional education cooperatives to establish early college high schools throughout the state. Schools will enable students to complete the requirements necessary to earn a high school diploma while earning college credits towards a degree or certificate.

The State of New Mexico’s Public Education Department (PED) is requesting proposals for the establishment of new Early College High Schools (ECHSs) statewide that serve students who attend New Mexico Public Schools. ECHSs allow students to simultaneously complete requirements toward earning a regular high school diploma and to earn not less than 12 credits toward a college-level certificate, associate degree, or bachelor’s degree at the partner institution of higher education. ECHSs are tuition free and are poised to better serve low-income youth, first-generation college-goers, English Learners, ethnically diverse students, and other young people underrepresented in higher education. Students in an ECHS undertake rigorous academics and career technical education coursework in order to work in current fields with the highest growth, demand, skills, and wages. 

ECHSs provide access to dual credit courses to help high school students make a seamless transition through graduation and into college success. ECHS structures are innovative, interactive, research-based and support positive outcomes for high school aged students. Integrated academic and Career Technical Education (CTE) opportunities support academic growth in meeting the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The ECHS model builds on a sequence of courses within a master schedule which meets local and state graduation requirements while providing a structured four-course sequence of sufficient size, scope, and quality in CTE while addressing Common Career Technical Core Standards (CCTCS) for its career cluster focus. 

The ECHS’ programming and curriculum selected for the career cluster should lead to related work readiness credentials recognized by business and industry. ECHS partnerships include community members, representatives from local business and industry, as well as accredited, credit-granting postsecondary institutions. ECHS programs include meaningful work-based learning experiences that align to the most dynamic sectors of New Mexico’s economy. ECHS students should choose electives within the school’s CTE program of study focus or a pathway that best meets the career goals and objectives in their specific Next Step Plan.

Criteria for Targeted Schools: The PED is especially seeking eligible entities who serve students attending struggling schools, schools in low-income areas, or schools in rural areas.

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GrantWatch ID#: 181349

Estimated Size of Grant:

Level of Funding: In previous years, funding levels have ranged between $75,000 and $300,000 based on participating districts and enrollment. To determine funding level, eligible entities should develop and submit a budget that would provide a successful design and implementation of the ECHS in its community. PED expects to make one grant award in 2019-20 with funding up to $150,000, subject to negotiation with the PED.

Term of Contract:

Length of Funding: Funding for this application is for fiscal year 2019-2020 (FY20). The resulting award shall begin on July 1, 2019, or as soon as possible thereafter, and will remain in effect for one year, not to exceed June 30, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Entities: An eligible entity may be a public Local Education Agency (LEA) including Districts, State-Supported Charter Schools, Regional Education Cooperatives (RECs), or a consortium of two or more eligible entities.

Pre-Application Information:

Sequence of Events:
- Issue of Application: July 15, 2019
- ECHS Acknowledgement of Interest Form: July 31, 2019
- Submission of Application (Due): September 3, 2019
- Proposal Evaluation: Sept 4-6, 2019
- Selection of Finalists: Sept 9-13, 2019
- Negotiate to Finalize Application: Sept 16-20, 2019
- Issuance of Award Letter: October 1, 2019

The Acknowledgement of Interest Form should be signed and returned to the Application Manager no later than close of business on July 31, 2019. Only potential applicants who elect to return this form completed with the intention of submitting an application will receive copies of all applicant written questions and the Agency’s written responses to those questions, as well as application amendments if any are issued. The Acknowledgement of Interest is not required for consideration.

All Applications must be received for review and evaluation by the College and Career Readiness Bureau no later than 5 p.m. Mountain Standard Time on September 3, 2019.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

The agency has designated an Application Manager who is responsible for the conduct of this application. All completed applications should be addressed as follows:

Louise Williams
College and Career Readiness Bureau
New Mexico Public Education Department
Jerry Apodaca Public Education Building
Room 131
300 Don Gaspar Ave
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Phone: 505-827-7933

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New Mexico

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